The ERIS team will organise a panel in the context of the 2022 SGRI Conference, organized by the University for Foreigners of Perugia and the Italian Political Science Association, which will be held in Perugia from 16 to 17 June.

The panel on “Jihad in Africa: Terrorism and Counterterrorism in the Sahel” aims at opening the floor for a debate within the Italian community of IR scholars about the Sahel, a region that has obtained an unprecedented international attention during the last ten years.

Gathering contributions that propose in-depth and empirically rich analyses of different aspects of the crisis in the Sahel, and tackle the issue from different academic angles, the panel will discuss the theoretical and practical implications of the interconnected dynamics of terrorism and counterterrorism in the area. Building on this, the panel will also introduce to the interested audience the recently published edited volume “Jihad in Africa: Terrorismo e Controterrorismo in Sahel” - Il Mulino (Bologna).


Chair and Discussant: Prof. Francesco Strazzari – Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa

1. Luca Raineri – Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, The making of the “Sahelistan”: from the margins to the center of international relations

2. Edoardo Baldaro – Université Libre de Bruxelles, From the War on Terror to Stabilization: the evolution of security interventions in the Sahelian laboratory

3. Silvia D’Amato - Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA), Leiden University, The patchwork of European Counterterrorism in the Sahel

4. Alessio Iocchi – University “L’Orientale”, Naples, Insurgencies around the Lake Chad, between Boko Haram and the Islamic State in the West African Province

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